University entrance exam opens enrolment, amid calls to postpone

University entrance exam opens enrollment, amid calls to postpone
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The federal government has opened the enrolment process for the National University Entrance Exam (Enem). Students have until May 22 to apply to take the test, which is set to be administered on November 1 and 8. While this year’s edition will have an online version, many groups have called for the postponement of the exam.

The justification is that low-income students are left at a disadvantage in preparing for the exam. Schools and libraries are closed due to quarantine rules, while many students do not have computers at home or access to the internet.

Since 1998, the Enem has been used to measure the quality of high-school education in Brazil. In 2009, then-Minister of Education Fernando Haddad implemented a change to the test, making it the principal entrance exam for Brazil’s public and free universities.